39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

39 days in New Zealand Itinerary

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Paihia
— 2 nights
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Taxi to Whangarei Airport, Fly to Hamilton Airport, Taxi to Waitomo Caves
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Waitomo Caves
— 2 nights
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Rotorua
— 4 nights
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Hastings
— 2 nights
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Picton
— 2 nights
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Upper Moutere
— 1 night
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Wellington
— 3 nights
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Dunedin
— 3 nights
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Clyde
— 2 nights
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Queenstown
— 9 nights
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Fox Glacier
— 4 nights
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Christchurch
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Paihia

— 2 nights
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
On the 6th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at St James Anglican Church, stroll through Manginangina Kauri Walk, hike along Puketi Nature Trail, then surround yourself with nature on Russell Nature Walks, and finally contemplate the long history of Waitangi National Trust & Treaty House. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour and then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paihia trip itinerary planning site.

London, UK to Paihia is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from London to Paihia. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Waitomo Caves.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Waitomo Caves

— 2 nights
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed.
On the 8th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Spellbound Glowworm & Cave Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Footwhistle Glowworm Cave, then explore the fascinating underground world of Waitomo Glowworm Caves, and finally stroll through Ruakuri Walk. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, don't miss a visit to Sir Colin Meads Statue, then examine the collection at The Gallagher Meads Brothers Exhibition, and finally appreciate the history behind Statue of shearer.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Waitomo Caves trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Paihia to Waitomo Caves in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rotorua.

Things to do in Waitomo Caves

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rotorua

— 4 nights

Sulphur City

Surrounded by lakes and featuring impressive areas of geothermal landscape, the city of Rotorua offers an otherwordly landscape and a welcoming, peaceful environment, with the culture of the native Maori people very much in the foreground.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley and River Rafting & Tubing. Do some cultural sightseeing at Government Gardens and St. Faith's Anglican Church. There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Ohinemutu, don't miss a visit to Fancy Meow Cat Cafe, and hike along Tikitapu Nature Walk.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Rotorua vacation maker website.

You can drive from Waitomo Caves to Rotorua in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February in Rotorua, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hastings.

Things to do in Rotorua

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hastings

— 2 nights
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Puketapu Loop - Hawke's Bay Trails, then do a tasting at Moana Park Estate Winery, and then trot along with Boutique Horsetreks.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hastings trip planner.

Drive from Rotorua to Hastings in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Picton.

Things to do in Hastings

Parks · Outdoors · Wineries · Trails

Side Trips

Picton

— 2 nights

Gateway to the South Island

Take photo after stunning photo in Picton, the gateway to South Island.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Queen Charlotte Sound. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Nautilus Estate, then learn about winemaking at Bladen Wines, then do a tasting at Forrest Wines Cellar Door, and finally see the interesting displays at The National Whale Centre.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Picton route builder.

Getting from Hastings to Picton by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In February, daily temperatures in Picton can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Upper Moutere.

Things to do in Picton

Wineries · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Upper Moutere

— 1 night
Upper Moutere is a locality in the Tasman District near Nelson at the top of New Zealand's South Island.HistoryAs early as 1839 the New Zealand Company had resolved to "take steps to procure German emigrants" and appointed a Mr Bockelman as agent of the Company in Bremen. On the 18th (Sat), tee off at Tasman Golf Club, do a tasting at Neudorf Vineyards, then get a taste of the local shopping with Michael Macmillan Sculptor and Country Homeware, and finally browse the exhibits of Woods & Co.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Upper Moutere visit app.

Drive from Picton to Upper Moutere in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Wellington.

Things to do in Upper Moutere

Outdoors · Golf · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Wellington

— 3 nights

Harbour Capital

Wellington, the world's southernmost capital city and New Zealand's second most populous urban area, combines the nation's rugged history and nature with its modern and cosmopolitan present.
Visiting Otari-Wilton's Bush Native Botanic Garden and Dive Wellington will get you outdoors. Visit Wellington Cable Car and Wright's Hill for their historical value. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, learn about all things military at National War Memorial, trek along Wellington City Walkways, and steep yourself in history at Wellington Railway Station.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Wellington online journey planner.

Getting from Upper Moutere to Wellington by car takes about 6.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Wellington are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Dunedin.

Things to do in Wellington

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Dunedin

— 3 nights

Edinburgh of the South

With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Toitu Otago Settlers Museum and First Church of Otago. You'll discover tucked-away gems like St. Paul's Cathedral and Sandfly Bay Track. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at St Clair Beach, take in the architecture and design of University of Otago, step into the grandiose world of Larnach Castle & Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dunedin Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Dunedin tour planner.

Getting from Wellington to Dunedin by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Clyde.

Things to do in Dunedin

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Clyde

— 2 nights
Clyde is a small town in Central Otago, New Zealand with a population of 918 in 2006. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): get great views at The Bruce Jackson Lookout, do a tasting at Grey Ridge Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Weaver Estate Wines, browse the exhibits of Eade Gallery, then stop by Central Gourmet Galleria, and finally browse the exhibits of Alan Waters Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Clyde online visit planner.

You can drive from Dunedin to Clyde in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Queenstown.

Things to do in Clyde

Wineries · Shopping · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Queenstown

— 9 nights

Shallow Bay

Sheltered in an inlet of Lake Wakatipu, the resort town of Queenstown enjoys a strong reputation for its adventuring and skiing opportunities.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Lake Wakatipu and Moke Lake. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kawarau Suspension Bridge and Amisfield Winery. There's still lots to do: trek along Ben Lomond Track, get interesting insight from Tours, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Queenstown trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Clyde to Queenstown takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll set off for Fox Glacier on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Queenstown

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Trails

Side Trips

Fox Glacier

— 4 nights
A trip to Fox Glacier brings you close to one of New Zealand's most easily accessible natural wonders.
Step out of the city life by going to Franz Josef Glacier and Helicopter Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like River Walk and ReflectioNZ Gifts & Gallery. When in Fox Glacier, make a side trip to see Sentinel Rock Walk in Franz Josef, approximately Franz Josef away. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at West Coast Wildlife Centre, hike along Minnehaha Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Lake Matheson Walk, and enjoy some diversion at Franz Josef Clay Target Shooting.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Fox Glacier journey planner.

Drive from Queenstown to Fox Glacier in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Fox Glacier

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Riccarton House & Bush, appreciate the history behind Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Corsair Bay, and finally wander the streets of Port Hills.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Fox Glacier to Christchurch by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Christchurch can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

New Zealand travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Hiking Trails · Landmarks
Land of the Long White Cloud
Far-flung New Zealand has become known for its astounding topography, singular biodiversity, varied climate, and for marrying native Maori and post-colonial European cultures on its two main islands and the multitude of smaller landmasses dotted around them. Free-spirited New Zealanders cultivate a love of sports, sustainability, and the outdoors. Far from other landmasses, the islands existed for millions of years before being inhabited by humans, so an abundance of species have come to thrive in the thick, wild rainforest, vast and rugged backland, and extensive surrounding marine areas. While much of New Zealand tourism centers around adventures through this spectacular scenery, take time to explore the nation's rich cultural heritage as well. The traditions and history of the Maoris, and the industry and internationalism of the descendents of the first European settlers endure in fascinating attractions, ranging from museums, to farms, to places of worship.

Central Otago travel guide

4.3
Biking Trails · Wineries & Vineyards · Landmarks
Discover vivid seasons and rocky, mountainous landscapes; friendly townships; a well-preserved gold heritage; award-winning wineries, recreational opportunities from fishing, curling, jetboating, scenic flights, mountain biking and the Otago Central Rail Trail, Clutha Gold Trail and Roxburgh Gorge Trail. There's also range of events for all tastes - arts, cultural, motorsport, cycling, running, food & wine.

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